Association for Molecular Pathology                       
Newsletter
October 2009, Volume 15, Number 3

Inside this Issue

Front Page
President's Message
Special Features
• AMP Advocacy
• AMP Test Directory
• CHAMP
• JMD Report
• Web Editorial Board
• AMP 2009 Preliminary Program
• AMP 2009 Corporate Workshops

• Announcements
Committee Reports
• Clinical Practice Committee
• Membership & Professional   
  Development Committee
• Nominating Committee
• Professional Relations
  Committee
• Program Committee
• Publications Committee
• Training & Education Committee
Subdivision Reports
• Genetics
• Hematopathology
• Infectious Diseases
• Solid Tumors
2009 AMP Officers and Appointees
Program Committee Report 
 
Timothy J. O’Leary, MD, PhD By Timothy J. O’Leary, MD, PhD
Chair, Program Committee
e-mail: timothy.oleary@va.gov

The Fifteenth Annual Meeting in Kissimmee (Orlando), Florida will be from November 19-22, 2009 at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center with a spectacular program.  

There will be Concurrent Workshops featuring
     • Platform Presentations of Selected Abstracts in Genetics,  
      
Hematopathology, Infectious Diseases and Solid Tumors
     • Molecular Diagnostics and Targeted Therapies of Colon Cancer
     • Acquired Mutations in Myeloproliferative Diseases
     • Analysis of Complex Genetic Disorders
     • Technical Troubles: What Would You Do?
     • Breaking Topics
     • New Strategies for Diagnosis and Prevention of Clostridium      
      difficile infections
     • Puzzlers by Prior
     • Clinical Utility of Microarrays
     • Gene Patents: The Current Environment
     • Molecular Pathology Using Paraffin-Embedded Tissue
     • Career Development Workshop: A look Inside the Options

Those who wish to attend Early Bird Sessions, beginning at 7:00AM will hear about:
     • Cystic Fibrosis Newborn Screening
     • Detection of Mutations with Prognostic Implications in AML
     • Coding Conundrums
     • New CDC Guideline for Molecular Genetic Testing for Heritable
      Diseases:
     • What Laboratories Should Know and Why?
     • Web-Based Tools and
     • QA/QC for MicroArrays
     • Getting Funded - A Workshop for Researchers
     • Molecular Genetic Testing for Heritable Diseases
     • MicroArrays for Mitochondrial Diseases
     • Response of Molecular Diagnostic laboratories to H1N1.

This meeting will also feature Early Bird Small Group Workshops open to up to 30 people devoted to Alternative Performance Assessment Strategies; Biostatistics, Epidemiology, and Molecular Diagnostics; CYP450 Testing: A Forum to Share Experiences of Using the Roche Amplichip; Solid Tumors: Challenging Cases and Diagnostic Dilemmas; or participate in the formation of an Informatics Interest Group, International Chapter, or Rocky Mountain States Regional Interest Group.

The four Plenary Sessions (Genetics, Solid Tumors, Hematopathology and Infectious Diseases) will feature talks on Complex diseases of Childhood, The Cancer Genome Atlas, NFKB Activation in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Mass Spectrometry for Infectious Diseases Applications rounding out a scientific program highlighted by The AMP Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics lecture by Kay Davies of Oxford University.

Details of all the scientific sessions can be obtained by accessing the AMP Web Site at www.amp.org/2009/program.htm. and Subdivision Reports in this Newsletter.

The AMP Business Meeting on Saturday, November 22 is guaranteed to generate both light and warmth, as time will be available to discuss AMP participation in the ACLU litigation seeking to end “gene patents.”  While AMP is mostly about science, the  “Social Event” will make an encore performance for the second year, providing an opportunity to celebrate AMP's 15th Anniversary and to have fun with friends that one may see only once a year.

The Meeting Program is the result of hard and effective efforts by both AMP members who have suggested Plenary topics, Workshops and Early Bird Sessions and Program Committee members who have forged these suggestions into a coherent and comprehensive scientific program.  I thank Program Chair-Elect Barbara Zehnbauer, and Committee members Hanna Rennert, Arlene Buller, Kojo Elenitoba-Johnson, Tim Greiner, Rick Nolte, David Persing, Antonia SepulvedaLoren Joseph, Joan Gordon and Steven Cook. Thanks also to our Social Event Chair Roberta Wisotzkey, together with Mary Williams and Maricel Herrera from the AMP Office for their gift of time and energy.  We all thank the AMP membership for giving us all the opportunity to develop this program.

A final note:  The Pre-registration deadline is October 14. After this date, only onsite registrations is available, at an increased rate.

AMP 2009 Annual Meeting & Exhibits
November 19-22, 2009
Pre-Registration Deadline: October 14, 2009
Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center
Kissimmee (Orlando), FL